Judoist Haku Michigami
numerous battles overseas starting from Shanghai
a 215cm tall navy soldier
senses and repeating: Differing responses from each country
His motto was "to show things himself"
Graduating Busen in 1938
and teaching at Kochi High School, he soon enters the military.
He gets discharged in 3 months after injuring his right
knee from falling into a trench during maneuvers. From 1940,
he taught judo at the Shanghai Toadobunshoin University.
This was the starting point of the countless legendary deeds
after taking the new post, there was a phone call to the headmaster
of Dobunshoin University from the Japanese consulate general.
An Italian battleship had anchored itself in Shanghai, and
they wanted someone to teach judo.
then, Japan and Italy were allies. The headmaster told me
to go to promote friendly relations. When I went to the battleship
a few days later, there were about 10 big men waiting for
me. Out of them, one man about 215cm tall especially stood
out. He was the champion of the Atlantic naval wrestling tournament,
and that was why other Japanese judo teachers rejected the
my arrival, he challenged me. I am only 173cm tall. He had
long arms, and I couldn't grab his collar. Although moves
like ouchigari and kouchigari did not work at all, the man
went flying when I tried a tomoenage.
the translator came up to me. "Please don't do that move
again. I'll die if I fall into the river." It was said
that dead bodies never came back up from the river because
of the water pressure. Although I replied that the moves that
I perform depend on the opponent's size and posture, I threw
the soldiers with other moves after that incident.
After flying to France in 1953, he built his reputation as
a teacher by winning matches.
Sakenosuke, advisor to the French Judo Federation back then,
said that a single loss overseas will end my judo career.
Although he probably saw many in the past that had lost, I
did not pay much attention to it. Not accepting challenges
went against my mentality towards judo.
did not look that well when I first went to France. The atmosphere
of European colonialism in Asia had not faded away completely.
Everyone doubted if I was actually strong. The only way to
prove myself was to win.
my reputation started to spread, I would get an offer now
and then. When I stand on the tatami, there would be voices
saying "Battre Japonais"(beat the Japanese). Then
I would beat ten, twelve men in a row, and take a deep breath.
That was the usual routine.
never experienced a single loss. I think I've tied about two
times. It is not difficult to throw a man who does not know
judo. They are puzzled why a man of my size could throw a
bigger opponent. There is no secret to it. All one has to
do is dodge the opponent's move and reverse it into a throw.
This is the "Action-Reaction" judo I teach.
fact that I realized from teaching was the differing reactions
of each country. When I teach one move to the French, they
say that they understand it very quickly. On the other hand,
the Dutch will continue up to 30 minutes until their body
memorizes the move. Anton Geesink, who will become Japan's
rival in the sixties was a model of the latter.